Passed away on March 8, 2018
Sharon Wyant, 69, died Thursday, March 8, 2018, after a four-year battle with two different cancers. She was born in Salt Lake City to Charles ("Red") Wyant and Katherine Chipman Wyant.
As an only child born to an expert watchmaker and automobile mechanic and a musically talented mother, Sharon grew up enriched by loving parents, good neighbors, LDS Church involvement, and close relations with her maternal grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
After graduation from Granite High School, a year at the University of Utah, and secretarial training at LDS Business College, Sharon worked as a legal secretary at major law firms in Salt Lake. She then served an LDS mission to West Virginia, after which she became a valued employee in the audio-visual department at the LDS Church office building. She took early retirement from that position to care for her parents, both of whom had significant health issues later in their lives. She continued that care for many years.
Sharon had a special love for and bond with the numerous animals--cats, dogs, and horses--she owned throughout her life. In her thirties, she took riding lessons and won awards for her skills with her two horses at various competitions. One of her horses was an Arabian, which she named Prince Flamet. Sharon was also talented musically. She sang and travelled with the Mormon Youth Chorus, played the piano, and had excellent taste in music. Sharon loved to travel. In addition to her trips with the chorus, she visited places throughout the West with her family and went by herself on tours of Hawaii and of LDS Church historical sites in the Midwest and the East.
Sharon was a deeply unselfish person who put the needs of others before her own. She was optimistic, non-judgmental, friendly to everyone, had a wry sense of humor, and enjoyed good conversation. Throughout her long bouts of illness during her last years, Sharon demonstrated great courage and perseverance. She remained cheerful and resolute through many setbacks and lived by the advice to “take one day at a time.”
Sharon followed the news and was very patriotic. She was extremely proud of her heritage and of her family members. Sharon had a great testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and did temple work for her family members.
Sharon was preceded in death by her father in 2005 and her mother in 2012. She is survived by her cousins Elizabeth Chipman and Stephen Chipman (both of Salt Lake City), Ann Wilding of Cedar Hills, Claude Richards and Paul Richards (both of Orem), and Linda Cargill and Leon Wyant (both of Oklahoma).
For their concern and care of Sharon, the family would like to thank Dr. Gregory J. Litton of Utah Cancer Specialists, Dr. Benjamin Kim and the staff at St. Marks Hospital, Dr. Diana Banks, Spring Creek Healthcare Center, and the wonderful medical and support personnel at Life Care Center of Salt Lake City. In her last few weeks, Hearts for Hospice was a constant source of comfort. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in Sharon's name to the Utah Humane Society.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 17, at 2:00 p.m. at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City. A viewing will be precede the service at 1:00 p.m. Following the funeral services, Sharon will be buried next to her parents at Wasatch Lawn Cemetery.
- Elizabeth Chipman, Cousin
- Stephen Chipman, Cousin
- Ann Wilding, Cousin
- Claude Richards, Cousin
- Paul Richards, Cousin
- Linda Cargill, Cousin
- Leon Wyant, Cousin
- Austin Ashcraft, Pallbearer
- Leon Ashcraft, Pallbearer
- Tanner Ashcraft, Pallbearer
- John Hut, Pallbearer
- Shannon Mock, Pallbearer
- Tyler Mock, Pallbearer
- Funeral Service Saturday, March 17, 2018
- Viewing Saturday, March 17, 2018